Automated Placement Optimization and Video Analysis for Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: A102-143-0330
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-143
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, -
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Moore
 Senior Staff Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
Video sensors provide a wealth of valuable information, including the location, motion, and appearance of military and civilian vehicles, people, and objects in an area of regard. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) provide a platform with characteristics suited for persistent surveillance, including the potential relatively long time on station, good sensor stability, and sensor relocatability. However, manual placement and monitoring of a large network of UGVs would require excessive manpower and data transmission resources. Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop a suite of automated functions for optimally routing and placing a UGV to maximize sensor coverage of an area-of-interest, ensure communications, and conceal the sensor. In addition, we propose to develop and test automated video analysis methods for sensing anomalous activity and potentially hostile intent. In Phase I, this effort would consist of a data collection and four separate software development efforts that will extend existing Toyon geo-spatial analysis, 3-D model generation, automated routing, and video analysis capabilities to the UGV platform. The results will inform a feasibility assessment and recommended system design.

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